According to Bill McKibben, James Gustave Speth "is the great environmentalist of our age." Gus Speth's memoir is "Angels by the River: Reflections on race, environment, politics, and living on the front lines of change." "Angels by the River" follows Speth's unlikely path -- from a Southern boyhood to his career as an influential mainstream environmentalist starting in 1970 (Time Magazine called him the "ultimate insider") to his current system-changing activism.
On the show we discuss Speth's excellent new memoir, "Angels by the River," the implicit racism he experienced growing up in South Carolina, links between race and the environment, his pioneering role in the environmental movement, his evolution to civil disobedience and his now radical belief that real change can't come from working inside the establishment and, for that matter, within the existing political and economic system, and his call for a new environmentalism which would bring together a broad progressive coalition.
Gus Speth founded the Natural Resources Defense Council and World Resources Institute, was environmental advisor to Presidents Carter and Clinton, was Chair of the United Nations Development Group, and was Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He currently teaches at Vermont Law School and is senior fellow at the Democracy Collaborative, distinguished senior fellow with Demos, and associate fellow with the Tellus Institute. In 2011 Speth was arrested in front of the White House for protesting the Keystone XL pipeline.
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